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Winter’s On Its Way: 4 Common Illnesses to Watch Out For This Season

November 4, 2016

pediatric careFall is here and winter’s right on its heels. As temperatures drop, seasonal sicknesses will be on the rise. During this busy time of year, getting an immediate appointment with your normal physician or at your child’s pediatric care center can be a real challenge. Illnesses can strike at any time, and since only 29% of primary care doctors offer after-hours coverage, many patients feel they have limited options to get the treatment they need. Luckily, the majority of fall and winter ailments can be diagnosed and treated at your local urgent care clinic. Here are four of the most common cold weather illnesses to watch out for this season.

  • Common cold
    Although you might be able to slog through a cold, the symptoms might be much more severe for your kids. That’s why it’s important to know that we offer pediatric care here at our facility. As colds are viral infections, there is no cure for them, but we can rule out other possibilities, and recommend medicines that can help alleviate symptoms. Kids often experience low-grade fevers when they contract colds, so our urgent care clinic can offer peace of mind. That way, you won’t have to make an appointment or wait for long periods in your doctor’s waiting room. You can quickly see a skilled doctor and get your child on the road to recovery that much faster.
  • Influenza
    Don’t underestimate the seriousness of the flu. Those who contract it often get a high fever, muscle aches, a sore throat, and a headache. Symptoms can last up to five days, which can leave both parents and kids feeling miserable. If you think you have the flu, you should come in to our urgent care facility early on. You or your child may be a good candidate for a flu medication that can shorten the duration of your illness. At the very least, you can get a definitive diagnosis and get the medicines you need to feel more comfortable. At many walk in clinics, you can get a seasonal influenza shot to reduce your risk of contracting the flu altogether.
  • Strep throat
    Strep throat is highly contagious among school-age children. If your child is experiencing swollen glands, a sore throat, a headache, and a fever, you should bring him or her in to our clinic for pediatric care. Strep throat needs to be diagnosed and treated early with antibiotics to reduce the risk of spreading the infection. Many facilities offer rapid strep testing, so that you can know that much sooner whether your child has contracted this infection. Be sure to keep your child at home for at least 24 hours after he or she starts antibiotic treatment.
  • Norovirus
    Also known as the stomach bug, norovirus is common for kids and parents alike in the wintertime. Though its duration is short, its symptoms can be unpleasant. Younger children have a higher risk of dehydration and tend to have more extreme symptoms. Norovirus can’t be treated with antibiotics, so it just has to go through the symptom. But for a definitive diagnosis and recommendations on how to keep your child safe during its duration, come in for pediatric urgent care if you think the stomach bug is the cause of your kid’s illness.

If you suspect you or a family member has contracted one of these illnesses, come in to our urgent care walk in clinic. Whether you need to talk to pediatric care specialists or need comprehensive testing for yourself, we’ve got you covered. Get easy access to the care you need here at our urgent care center.